In my last post, I mentioned how much I was loving my new 400mm lens - it is fantastic for photographing birds! For those interested in the gear, it is Canon's EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. I was surprised how petite this lens was when I received it - it is lighter and less bulky than my 70-200mm f/2.8, and only slightly longer with the hood extended. Although it doesn't have the low light performance of an f/2.8 lens, it also doesn't have the price tag or the weight, so it's great for walking around with - and your arm doesn't feel like it will drop off after a short time!
I'm discovering all kinds of different bird species here at the coast, compared to the ones I saw regularly in Canberra. It's like discovering new friends :) Here are some I have been trialling the new lens on...
Eastern spine bills are a fascinating bird to watch… they try their best at times to imitate a hummingbird, hovering in place while sipping nectar from harder to reach flowers. You can see the yellow pollen gathered on it's forehead - the result of poking it's long beak into deeper flowers.
So I'm pretty happy with the performance of the new lens. Even if I don't get the shot, it just allows me to see a little bit closer into these little birdie's lives.
Do you have a favourite bird species you like to watch in your area? Leave a comment below to share :)
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